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Do the hard things and set ambitions as bold as ‘leapfrogging’ a global industry
31 January 2018

Angela Priestley is the Publisher and founding editor of Women’s Agenda. I didn’t know much about Professor Michelle Simmons before she was named 2018 Australian of the Year. But after reading her Australia Day address, I’m hooked on her incredible career and inspired by her words of wisdom, if not a little intimidated by her leadership […]

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Meet a member – Angela Fitzpatrick
31 January 2018

This article is part of our member profile series. Our members tell us that one of the things they love about being part of our community is getting to know like-minded women. So, each month, we’ll feature an interview with a member, so you can get to know each other a little better. Today, meet Angela Fitzpatrick. You […]

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5 quick questions with Laura Burr
30 January 2018

The She Leads In-Conversation Series provides Canberrans with the opportunity to hear from women leaders from different backgrounds and industries in a conversational format, followed by a live Q&A session, networking, and canapes. Our February In-Conversation event will feature Nayuka Gorrie and Laura Burr, centering around the challenges faced by young women and Aboriginal and […]

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Women must expose sexual harassers boldly, but also wisely
24 January 2018

It’s January 2018, and sexual-harassment commentary drips down the pages of our newspapers like brandy custard on the stale plum pudding in the back of the fridge. There is a shared intake of breath each time we learn of the un-sexy details of conduct allegedly enacted by some national icons. The sound of a collective […]

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Staff Snapshot – Shane Murphy
17 January 2018

At YWCA Canberra, we’re really proud of the vibrancy and diversity of our staff team. We’ll be bringing you regular staff snapshots so you can meet our team and find out a bit more about the people behind our programs and services. Today, meet Shane Murphy. Tell us about your role at YWCA Canberra? To put […]

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Partnerships that make a difference – Richardson Primary School and the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse
17 January 2018

Richardson Primary School is a key partner and supporter of the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse since its establishment in 2014. We recently spoke to Richardson Primary School Principal Anna Wilson, to find out what the Clubhouse means to her, and why she believes that it’s crucial to provide opportunities for young people to collaborate, communicate, and think […]

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Bridging the digital divide: Supporting young people matters
10 January 2018

YWCA Canberra is calling on the ACT Government to ensure vulnerable young people receive the support and opportunities they desperately need to participate in the workforce of the future. The ACT is one of the most poorly performing jurisdictions when it comes to equity in educational outcomes for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Our experience […]

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A shared vision for Early Childhood Education and Care in the ACT
10 January 2018

In 2017, ten established ACT early childhood providers joined forces to establish the Children First Alliance, collectively representing 46 early learning centres and more than 3500 children. Through the Alliance, YWCA Canberra is proud to join Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT, Belconnen Community Services, Communities@Work, Community Services #1, Goodstart Early Learning ACT, MOCCA, […]

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Sex Ed @ the Polo
21 December 2017

Australia has one of the highest levels of reported sexual assault in the world, with young women aged between 10 and 24 the most likely victims. In this year alone, 42 women have been killed due to gendered violence. Further, in 2016 half of all university students were sexually harassed, as discovered through the release […]

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Meet Penny Leemhuis, founder of O.W.L’s
21 December 2017

Penny Leemhuis, founder of O.W.L.’s and formidable housing advocate, recently launched a documentary exploring older women and homelessness in the ACT. The launch of documentary was a huge success and has been credited with reigniting energy across civil society and government, to address this critical issue. We caught up with her to find out more […]

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